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Gross Talk: Yo, What’s Wrong With My Belly Button?

Last night, I was reclined on my bed, reading my Twitter feed on my iPad — I am such a modern gal! — when I felt a weird pricking in my abdomen. My belly button, to be more specific. I lifted my shirt to get a better look, my index finger doing the bulk of the investigating. I felt more pricking and my finger unearthed some crusty gunk. Normally such a discovery would excite me; I am fascinated by the gross things our bodies flake off and have been known to peel my own foot skin and pick at head scabs. But my initial glee was thrown off by, of course, the naval pain and the fact that underneath the crusty bits, my belly button was moist.

I hate the word moist and I resent having to use it to describe a part of my body. I prefer wet, but “wet” implies a certain volume of discernible liquid and that doesn’t apply here. It’s not like my belly button was gushing fluid. It just didn’t feel dry inside. Keep reading »

Zoe Kravitz Does Camo Right

Zoe Kravitz has cleaned up her image lately. Gone are the ripped and holed tights and scuffed shoes. In their place, Zoe has opted for this sweet Opening Ceremony dress and Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toe shoes. But the abstract camouflage print maintains the gritty way we’re used to seeing Zoe. Keep reading »

Quickies: Angelina Jolie Goes Sans Fards For Louis Vuitton & Taylor Momsen Flashes Her Boobs Again

  • Angelina Jolie’s first print ad for Louis Vuitton features the actress with no makeup (sans fards!!!) and wearing her own clothes. Because Louis Vuitton is so relatable. [Dlisted]
  • Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen’s ex and mother of his two young daughters, is apparently writing a tell-all about their marriage and divorce. I suppose I would be willing to put down my copy of War & Peace in order to make time to read it. [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • Some fans of HBO’s nerdy incest- and violence-filled “Game of Thrones” are threatening to stop watching the show after last night’s shocking episode. Meanwhile, I am threatening to stop watching the show if the blonde sister and brother don’t have a celebratory screw during next week’s finale. Spoiler alert at the link, FYI. [EW]

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Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Hey all! Jessica is out today because she hurt her eyeball. Long story, one I suspect she may explain when she’s no longer wearing an eye patch. Hence, Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! The rules are the same as the last few times we’ve done it: Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW.

Jess will be back with her regularly scheduled Today’s Lady News sometime this week. Thanks everyone! Keep reading »

Tracy Morgan Apologizes Again, Speaks Out In Favor Of Gay Marriage

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“Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don’t care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying. … I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female. Let me know where the rally’s at Russ. I’m there!”

Tracy Morgan, who caught major flack late last week for “joking” during a stand-up appearance that he would kill his son if he came out as gay, apologizes again for his actions in an interview with Russell Simmons at Global Grind. Morgan also seems interested in making amends with the gay community by not only speaking out in favor of gay marriage (and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), but lending his support at rallies and other activist events. Personally, I hope Morgan’s apology is accepted, that he is taken up on his offer to work with gay rights causes, and that he actually follows through. Tina Fey said that the Tracy Morgan who went on that homophobic rant is not the Tracy Morgan she knows and I, for one, would like him to have the opportunity to prove it. [Global Grind via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Surprising Reason Erykah Badu Stopped Wearing Her Head Wrap

“I’m always evolving. I visited Cuba to get a santerĂ­a reading in 2000 and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I went there, sat on the curb and waited for my reading. I had on this white head wrap and this white long dress and all of my jewelry, because it was part of me. It was who I was. I was overdressed because everybody else had on T-shirts and baggy tights …”

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